Day At The Track

Vulcan turns back the clock

10:30 AM 14 Dec 2014 NZDT
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Vulcan - Closing in on $1,000,000 in earnings
Vulcan - Closing in on $1,000,000 in earnings
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Vulcan

The old saying in harness racing that form is temporary and class is permanent was never better displayed when Vulcan turned his career around with an outstanding win at Addington last night.

The 8 year old son of Earl has been a big player at the elite level in the not to distant past but has been struggling during the last twelve months  to recapture that sort of form.

This is a trotter who has racked up 10 Group 1 wins on both sides of the Tasman with 5 Group 1 wins in both Australia and New Zealand.

In New Zealand his victories include the coveted Dominion Handicap, two Harness Jewels victories as well as successes in the New Zealand Trotting Championship and New Zealand Trotting Free For All.

In Australia his biggest wins were in the inaugural Great Southern Star (Heat + Final), The Knight Pistol Trot, V L Dullard Trotting Cup and the Australian Trotting Grand Prix.

It is an outstanding record however you look at it and judging by last nights win he is not finished yet.

With his form dropping away this season,the decision was made after the Dominion Handicap this year to lease a share of the horse to Roddy Butt.

Vulcan was transferred to the beach training complex of David and Catherine Butt with Roddy doing most of the day to day work with the horse since his transfer. 

In his three runs from his new quarters Vulcan was ok at Geraldine before running a much better race to run 4th at Methven last Sunday to Royal Aspirations in the trotters Green Mile.

Last night driver Bob Butt who was wearing Roddy's colours had Vulcan away well from his 35 metres handicap and he settled seventh in the running early.

Working up on the inner, Vulcan was four back as Vacanza set a hectic pace in front.

Going past the 800 metres Vulcan was shuffled back to last and then hooked on to the three wide line on Valmagne's back.

Going past the 500 metres mark Bob pushed the go button and Vulcan looped the field and shot clear as they turned for home.

At the line Vulcan was still 3 1/2 lengths to the good of Royal Aspirations in a display that was more like the Vulcan of old.

Vulcan trotted the 2600 metres from a stand in 3:15.4, a mile rate of 2:00.9 and only 6/10ths of a second outside of the New Zealand record for the trip held by Royal Aspirations.

It was Vulcan's 19th career win and along with 19 placings took his earning to $994,969 and cracking the million is now on the radar.

"It would be great to crack the million with him as he deserves it after what he has achieved," Bob Butt told Harnesslink this morning.

"That is the immediate aim and we will just keep him to races like the one last night to give him every chance to crack the million," Bob said.

Judging by the manner of his last to first burst last night it won't be too long until Vulcan cracks the million dollar mark.

Never a horse that has received the accolades his performances have deserved, Vulcan deserves every bit of praise that he will receive when he cracks the million mark in the next few weeks.

Harnesslink Media

 

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